Bata-ville: We are not afraid of the future.

A Somewhere Film written & directed by Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope

Bata-ville is a bittersweet record of an English coach trip to the origins of the Bata shoe empire – the Moravian town of Zlin. Against the backdrop of economic regeneration in their communities, former employees of two now closed UK Bata factories are led by artist / directors Pope & Guthrie on a unique journey through Bata’s legacy and across a changing Europe.

What begins as a free holiday soon becomes an opportunity for a collective imagining of what Tomas Bata’s inspirational maxim, “We are not afraid of the future” can mean in 21st century Britain.

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Tuesday 13 November 2007 – Docs at the Docks

Back to homebase for the movie, screening at new Cumbrian film festival Docs at the Docks at the Canteen, Michaelson Rd, in Barrow in Furness (Cumbria) on Tuesday 27th November 2007 at 8pm. Entry £6
Karen will be joined with some of the film's Maryport stars so it'll be a fun re-union.

Sunday 22 April 2007 – East End Film Festival

Bata-ville has been selected to show as part of London's exciting East End Film Festival our screening will be on the Sunday afternoon at 3.00 pm at the Rio Cinema in Dalson.

Wednesday 21 February 2007 – Star and Shadow

A Screening in Newcastle at the Star and Shadow cinema 07:30 PM

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Bata-ville is a Somewhere project by Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie developed by Commissions East.
The Bata-ville film has been produced by Somewhere, Commissions East, Illumina Digital Ltd & Film Europe